You snore when the flow of air from your mouth or nose to your lungs makes the tissues of your throat vibrate when you sleep (or sometimes even when you’re awake). This usually results in a loud, vibrating noise. Loud snoring not only makes it difficult for you or your partner to get a good night’s sleep, it can also be dangerous to the person suffering from it.

A large number of people who snore may not know that they do so. In fact, usually your partner or those sleeping around you notice the noise and discomfort before you do yourself. Because snoring keeps you and your partner from getting proper rest, you are both most likely suffering from daytime sleepiness, drowsiness and fatigue.

The obvious nuance of snoring is the noise it makes, but snoring may point to other medical problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can develop into a dangerous health problem because it results in loss of proper breathing during sleep. Read on to learn more about causes of snoring and remedies to stop it.